Fish and chips, one of Britain’s favourite staples, was under threat because of the deluge of plastic waste endangering marine life, a leading environmental charity warned on Wednesday. To highlight the risk, Plastic Oceans UK teamed up with a “chippie” in the northern city of Blackburn to serve hungry customers battered deep-fried fish-shaped plastic instead of the usual cod with their chips. “The amount of plastic reaching the ocean threatens not only the future of fish, but our future, too. If we continue at this rate, not only will our beloved national dish be a thing of the past, but we’ll be facing other catastrophic problems for our planet,” said Geoff Brighty, technical director of Plastic Oceans UK.

Plastic Oceans’ FutureFishandChips campaign is the latest in a string of global efforts by environmental groups and the UN to pare back single-plastic use that is also clogging landfills. Big brands from Coke to Kellogs have also promised to cut plastic waste from their op...

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